Guide to English Gardening & Fountains

Adding a fountain in Spring - plum blossom in my back garden! This is a Victoria Plum and is always one of the earliest trees / shrubs to flower in the spring and looks magical against all the bare twigs at the time. It also worries me in case there's a frost which kills the flowers, it makes the difference between 6 plums or 60lbs of plums. English example   

Summer - White Lilies - An absolute summer favorite and must-have. What's the point of having a garden, with a fountain, or even just a window box, if you don't take the opportunity to grow pure white wonderfully scented blooms that are often up to 6 inches or more across? Plant them somewhere near the house so you can easily see and smell them whenever you walk past.    

Welcome to English Gardening!

What is an English Garden like and how does it differ from  an American Garden? The English Garden with a fountain is more of an "Outdoor room" an extension of the house that should be just as attractive and comfortable as a room in the house. It is seen less as somewhere to "produce" things - food, flowers for cutting, but more as an outdoor living space. Fountains sampleAs you delve deeper you will discover information and advice on how to achieve this effect. There are also some rather esoteric corners to maintain the English reputation for eccentricity (we have to keep up appearances)

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Fall - Iris foetidissima ripe seed pods. "Stinking Gladwyn" is the other name by which this iris goes. The flowers are fairly small and insignificant, but it is later in the season that this plant excels, when the large seed pods split open to reveal these jewel-like contents. It's also one of the few plants that actually does pretty well in dry shade. Add these next to the outdoor fountain.

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Winter - Teasel seed heads against a winter sunset. St.Ives (Cambridgeshire) church spire can be just made out at the bottom right. The water from a wall fountain is enough moisture. Many plants produce seed heads that if left, can add interest and structure to the garden in winter, they look particularly good with frost on them.